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Adam Matlock's Accordion Compositions All About Improv, Irreverence

EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play is a column exploring the underground musicians of Connecticut. If you have new music to share, send it to mhamad@courant.com. The accordion is an analog machine, an assemblage of manuals, buttons, bellows and reeds, manipulated by arms and fingers, usually heard in traditional...

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